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King County Employees are Eligible to Receive a $35 Pronto Cycle Share Membership - Act Now!
Pronto Cycle Share is a fast, convenient, and fun transportation option for getting around the city. As a King County Employee, you are eligible for a $35 Pronto Annual Membership. This includes unlimited 30 minute bike trips (trips from 30-60 minutes cost just $2), one free 24-hour pass to share with a friend, and a green member key for getting your bike quickly and receiving local discounts. To obtain your discounted $35 personal membership, select the Corporate membership type, choose King County, and enter password k67hHeVU during sign up at prontocycleshare.com/membership.
This offer is valid for sign-ups beginning today through December 31, 2015. Join today!
Do you already have an annual Pronto membership?
No problem! Employees who registered prior to the effective date of this promotion may take advantage of the discount provided here for their membership renewal during 2015.
Do you have questions?
Call me, Hossein Barahimi, Employee Transportation manager at 206-477-5853, or email me at Hossein.Barahimi@Kingcounty.gov.
Commute Concierge service !
The Seattle Department of Transportation’s Commute Concierge service is back by popular demand! As a reminder, the Commute Concierge service is your one stop shop for personalized commute planning so that you can learn about all of your options for getting to and from work.
All you have to do is provide the logistics of your workday/workweek and the Concierge staff will do the heavy lifting for you. They’ll plug in your information, look through all of your options, and send you back what is relevant to YOU. Get started by filling out this short form here: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/kathre/260433
Our workplace is committed to making your commute an enjoyable part of your day, and this service can help!
Go more places with car2go! car2go Seattle is offering King County employees an exclusive membership for FREE for a limited time. To take advantage of this promotion, click HERE to become a member. Register with your King County employee email and use the promotional code KingCounty0000 (expires August 31, 2015).
Unlike traditional car sharing programs, car2go offers one-way trips, free on-street parking at city meters, and access to 677 vehicles! Members may reserve a car or spontaneously take one that is available on the street. Locate the nearest car2go using your smart phone app or through the website and take a vehicle for as short or as long as you would like! When you are finished, park the car at a legal 1 hour or more street parking spot (without restrictions) within the car2go Seattle Home Area to complete your trip. It’s that simple!
For only 41 cents a minute*, parking, fuel, insurance, maintenance, cleaning, GPS navigation, 24/7 customer support and roadside assistance are all included. You only pay for the minutes you’re holding on to the car. And the charges are billed directly to your payment method on file.
One hour costs a maximum of $14.99*, and a full 24 hours is no more than $84.99*. There are no hidden costs, security deposits, monthly fees or charges. Finally, you can go for a ride without being taken for one.
*tax of 17.3% and $1 driver protection fee per trip is not included.
June was Ride Transit Month!
June was a big month for transportation in the Puget Sound Region - thank you for being a part of it.
- Ride Transit Month was a huge success with 2+ million miles logged by riders like you.
- We're one step closer to expanding rail and bus service. Get ready for Sound Transit 3!
- Ready for more buses, bike lanes and sidewalks? Move Seattle is coming in November.
You ride transit. You want more service. That's where we come in! Transportation Choices Coalition has been working to bring you more and better transit for over 20 years.
We will keep you informed of important transportation & transit issues around our region and ways you can help improve our transit systems. Thank you for participating in our events.
Thank you so much for participating in the 2015 Commute Trip Reduction survey. We appreciate your help making the 2015 CTR survey a successful one.
Here are the lists of 2015 prize winners:
King County Government, as an employer, is required by the State of Washington Commute Trip Reduction (CTR) Law to survey its employees every two years regarding how they commute to work. Additionally, the CTR survey will enable the County to design and implement a transportation program that strives to address the diverse needs of its employees.
The CTR Survey also helps King County meet the following goals and requirements:
- Measure how King County employees are helping reduce the environmental footprint of government operations (King County Strategic Climate Action Plan).
- Demonstrate how employees are using King County’s Employee Transportation Program Benefits.
- Illustrate King County’s leadership as part of community-wide Commute Trip Reduction efforts of more than 500 King County region employers.
- The King County Health Reform Initiative program encourages employees to commute by bus, train, bike or foot. These alternatives to driving help employees improve and maintain their health through regular physical activity. Nearly one third of commuters who take mass transit meet the Surgeon General’s recommended 30 minutes of daily physical activity just by walking to and from their bus or train. The survey results will help measure the success of this program.
So, thank you for helping us achieve our goals!
ID/ORCA card holders are available
If you have any issues with your current ID/ORCA card holder or you need a new one, there are two ways to get one:
- Stop by to the ID & Access Control Office:
King County Admin Building
500 4th Avenue, Room 312
The office is open from 8 AM to 4 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Send us an email including your mail stop at ETP@kingcounty.gov and we will mail you a new Card Holder.
Important Tips to Remember When You Must Use Your Vehicle
Idling = zero MPG
Waiting for more than 30 seconds? Turn off your engine to save gas, money, and the air we breathe.
Idling more than 30 seconds burns more fuel than turning off and restarting your engine.
Improve health—Exposure to vehicle exhaust increases asthma symptoms, respiratory problems, heart disease, and cancer risk.
Help the environment—Vehicle exhaust pollutes our air and hurts our climate by producing air-toxic and global-warming pollution.
It’s best for my car engine to warm up before driving.
False. Idling more than a few seconds is unnecessary, even on a cold morning. Just ease into your driving for the first few blocks of your trip until the engine is warm.
In terms of gas consumption and engine impact, it’s best to idle the engine rather than restart it.
False. In today’s vehicles, frequent restarting has little impact on engine components. Excessive idling can be hard on your engine as it isn’t working at peak operating temperature.